Norway & The Inspirational Locale Behind Disney’s Frozen

Disney’s Oscar-winning film Frozen has taken over the world with it’s heart-warming story and stunning visual effects. Like many others who fell in love with this movie, I found myself yearning to visit Norway. During a trip to Quebec City last week, I was fortunate enough to be immersed into the world of Frozen, visiting the Hotel de Glace (which now has a suite modeled after the bedrooms of the movie’s famous sisters) and even got a chance to interview the directors and producers of the film! Talk about a dream come true!

Art director Mike Giaimo and his team took a trip to Norway to really study the area and local culture. I had a chance to chat with him and Peter Del Vecho, the film’s producer, asking them everything from details about the film, to the art direction they decided to take with the movie.


The artists who worked on this film took boat tours through Geirangerfjord and Sognefjord — which is the longest fjord in Norway, measuring 205 kilometers.

Did you know that in order to really gain insight for Arendelle’s castle, Mike Giaimo’s team visited Oslo’s medieval Akershus Castle, and the city of Trondheim’s Stiftsgården Royal Palace, one of the largest wooden buildings in Scandinavia? Fun fact — it cost almost 9 million pounds to build in 1778!

Pretty amazing don’t you think? And now you want to visit Norway, don’t you? Disney’s on it! Adventures By Disney recently introduced a new tour to their line-up where families can visit Bergen, Flam, Geiranger and Oslo for 8 days and 7 nights, experiencing the wonder and beauty of Elsa and Anna’s world.

Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 6.01.05 PMAs a Canadian, I was excited to hear that several members of the production team visited the infamous Hotel de Glace to gain inspiration for Elsa’s ice palace that was featured in Frozen. They didn’t opt to stay the night … but I did! More on that soon!

Speaking of Anna and Elsa, did you know that Frozen was released on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack today? This special edition features never-before-seen bonus extras, which includes four deleted scenes, the making of Frozen and other fun surprises! You can purchase this special collector’s edition directly through the Disney Store.

Disclosure: I was invited to a media event courtesy of Disney in lieu of my coverage. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 


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